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The Saint Paul/East Metro area’s “big small town” appeal is found throughout its quaint neighborhoods, retail districts and numerous parks and recreational areas. Family values are the cornerstones of this wonderful area. Rich in history, natural beauty and charm, the community contains many of the state’s historic sites — including the State Capitol, Minnesota History Center and Governor’s Residence. Neighborhoods featuring rows of Victorian houses are preserved, and distinctive architecture suggests an old world charm. Contemporary housing styles are available throughout the suburban communities. The world-class Saint Paul Hotel and exquisite Ordway Center position this community among the nation’s best.

RiverCentre, Xcel Energy Center and Science Museum of Minnesota, (with its extensive educational programming and large-format Imation Imax Theatre) are just a few of the exciting destinations in the Saint Paul/East Metro area. Local urban areas offer a wide range of entertainment, shopping and dining experiences — as well as a few surprises. As a tribute to legendary illustrator Charles M. Schulz, five-foot-tall sculptures of his beloved characters (Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy and Linus) decorated by local artists have become an annual tradition in various entryways and on sidewalk locations throughout the community.

Major Area Attractions

Alexander Ramsey House
265 South Exchange Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
651.296.8760
www.mnhs.org/places/sites/arh
Tour the 1872 Victorian home of Minnesota’s first territorial governor, Alexander Ramsey. Guides in period clothing provide tours and information about the Ramsey family.

Minnesota Children’s Museum

Capital City Trolley
651.223.5600
Leisurely, hour-long narrated tour of historic Saint Paul. Guides take you back to the days of the empire-builders, lawmakers and gangsters who played a part in the city’s history.

Gibbs Farm Museum
2097 West Larpenteur Avenue
Falcon Heights, MN 55113
651.646.8629
www.rchs.com/gbbsfm2.htm
Home to the Gibbs family for more than 100 years, now a seven-acre living history museum where visitors experience turn-of-the-century farm life.

Governor’s Residence
1006 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
651.297.8177
www.admin.state.mn.us/buildings/residence/index.html
Built in 1907 for well-known lumber baron Horace Hills Irvine, this 20-room, English Tudor-style mansion was donated to the state in 1965 for the Governor’s residence. Free guided public tours are typically available during the summer months.

Historic Fort Snelling
Fort Snelling History Center
Saint Paul, MN 55111
612.726.1171
www.mnhs.org/places/sites/hfs
Built in the 1820s, Fort Snelling recreates life in 1827 when Dakota and Ojibway Indians gathered to trade. Costumed guides lead visitors on tours, demonstrate crafts, present historical skits and practice military drill and weapons firings.

Jackson Street Roundhouse
193 East Pennsylvania Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55101-4319
651.228.0263
A hands-on museum that explores vintage modes of rail transportation with cars, signals, model trains, activities for children and video presentations.

James J. Hill House
240 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55102
651.297.2555
www.mnhs.org/places/sites/jjhh
Once home to railroad baron James J. Hill, and now open to the general public. Guided tours, educational programs, neighborhood tours, lectures, concerts, dramatic programs and art exhibitions are featured.

Landmark Center
75 West Fifth Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
651.292.3233
Old Federal Court House and Post Office building opened in 1902. Designated National Historic Monument is a cultural center for music, dance, theater, exhibitions, public affairs programs and special events.

Minnesota Children’s Museum
10 West Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
651.225.6000
www.mcm.org
Children and their adult guests can touch, climb, splash, crawl, push, pull and press in six galleries packed with hands-on adventures.

Minnesota History Center
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
Saint Paul, MN 55102
651.296.6126
www.mnhs.org/places/historycenter/location.html
Visitors can explore Minnesota’s past through exhibits that feature large-scale objects, hands-on experiences and multimedia presentations. Center also houses Minnesota Historical Society’s complete archives of newspapers, diaries, books and magazines — as well as a comprehensive collection of genealogical resources.

Minnesota Museum of American Art
Landmark Center
75 West Fifth Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
651.292.4395
Visual arts museum that focuses on the diversity of American art. An accessible, informative and welcoming environment.

Minnesota State Capitol
Crossroads of University, Park and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, MN 55155
651.296.2881
Overlooking downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota’s State Capitol was designed in 1895 by renowned architect Cass Gilbert. Structure is noted for its large golden sculpture at the rotunda base (the Quadriga or golden horses), huge marble dome and self-supporting staircase.

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
651.224.4222
www.ordway.org
Multipurpose performing arts center serves as the primary performance venue of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera and Schubert Club — as well as the primary Saint Paul venue for the Minnesota Orchestra. Opera house styling in the 1,900-seat main concert hall and 306-seat theater/recital hall.

RiverCentre
175 West Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55102
651.265.4800
Saint Paul RiverCentre is the city’s state-of-the-art convention, special event and entertainment facility — as well as home to the historic Roy Wilkins Auditorium.

Xcel Energy Center

Science Museum of Minnesota
120 West Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55102
651.221.9444
www.smm.org
One of the most respected science institutions in the country, the Science Museum is known for its world-class collection of dinosaurs, large-format OmniMax Theater, 3-D laser show and hands-on exhibits, presentations, science demonstrations and priceless artifacts.

Sibley Historic Site
1357 Sibley Memorial Highway
Mendota, MN 55150
651.452.1596
www.mnhs.org/places/sites/shs
Located in Minnesota’s oldest Euro-American settlement, the site features houses once home to famous mid-19th century settlers Jean Faribault and Henry Sibley.

Wabasha Street Caves
215 South Wabasha Street
Saint Paul, MN 55107
651.224.1191
www.wabashastreetcaves.com
Once a Prohibition-era speakeasy, Wabasha Street Caves is now a unique site for special events, swing dancing and tours.

Xcel Energy Center
199 West Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55102
651.265.4800
www.xcelcenter.com
The Saint Paul/East Metro area’s premiere entertainment venue, Xcel Energy Center is the home of the Minnesota Wild hockey team and many other concert and interactive events. Guided tours are available.

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